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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
meeting with various park district
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 19, 2018
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Do you like to create stories with words and pictures? Join us for time to write and illustrate your own stories. Led by Librarian Elaine Bearden.

Dates in this series include:
Friday, September 21
Friday, October 19
Friday, November 16
Friday, December 14
Friday, January 11
Monday, February 11

For children in elementary school.

For more information, contact Elaine Bearden at ebearden@urbanafree.org
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 19, 2018
Time
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Description
The 10th annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival is here! The Library is kicking things off with a free, all ages performance by Sam Payne and Cody Jensen, two of Urbana's busiest music makers. Together, they form a fun and energetic duet of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso! Great for the whole family.

The Library will remain open until 8:00 p.m. for this special C-U Folk & Roots Festival event.

Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
The C-U Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, October 18 - 20, 2018.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with an all ages concert. Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Performances at the Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018:
Busey-Mills Reading Room:
11:00 a.m. - Chris Maden
12:15 - John Coppess
1:30 - The Coneflowers
2:45 - The Jensen Brothers
4:00 - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 - Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 - Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
12:00 - Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 - Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 - Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 - Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 - Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
11:30 a.m. - "The Roots of the Roots" with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
The C-U Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, October 18 - 20, 2018.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with an all ages concert. Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Performances at the Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018:
Busey-Mills Reading Room:
11:00 a.m. - Chris Maden
12:15 - John Coppess
1:30 - The Coneflowers
2:45 - The Jensen Brothers
4:00 - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 - Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 - Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
12:00 - Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 - Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 - Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 - Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 - Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
11:30 a.m. - "The Roots of the Roots" with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
The C-U Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, October 18 - 20, 2018.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with an all ages concert. Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Performances at the Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018:
Busey-Mills Reading Room:
11:00 a.m. - Chris Maden
12:15 - John Coppess
1:30 - The Coneflowers
2:45 - The Jensen Brothers
4:00 - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 - Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 - Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
12:00 - Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 - Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 - Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 - Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 - Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
11:30 a.m. - "The Roots of the Roots" with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Description
Discover photographs, documents, films, maps, and artifacts held in the incredible archival and museum collections right here in Champaign County! Enjoy learning about these fascinating resources in a fun, interactive atmosphere. The Bazaar is FREE and features booths where you can chat with your local archivists and curators.

Ask professionals how to best preserve your memories, start researching your family history, record an oral history, or ask about the history of Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County, and Chanute Air Force Base. Come see all the diverse resources and history Champaign County has to offer.

Featuring: Champaign County Historical Archives, Champaign County Genealogical Society, Champaign County History Museum, Chanute Air Force Base, Museum of the Grand Prairie, and UIUC Student Life & Culture Archives.

Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
The European Union Center at the University of Illinois is proud to present European Story Time at the Urbana Free Library. For this event, we are highlighting Poland, which will celebrate 100 years of independence in November.

Join Ph.D. Candidate, Alexandra Van Doren, who will be reading a bilingual book: Hieronim Pieta i jego Niezwykte Zwierzeta / Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets. You will also make a red corn poppy (the official flower of Poland) to take home with you.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time: chess, Monopoly®, and many more games will be available.

Registration not required.
For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
Auditions for Twin City Theatre Company's Diva's Cabaret.
Open to all female singers. Come prepared with 32 bars of a song. Have sheet music ready for the accompanist. The fundraiser is set for November 11 at SoDo Theatre.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Samba Soul has solid roots in the classical Brazilian Samba with a sophisticated touch of Bossa Nova. The band features an impressive collection of musicians: Chip McNeil on saxophone, George Turner on guitar, Ricardo Flores on drums, Armand Beaudoin on bass, and the voice and charisma of the Brazilian vocalist, Vivian Felicio.

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Auditions for Twin City Theatre Company's Diva's Cabaret. Open to all female singers. Come prepared with 32 bars of a song. Have sheet music ready for the accompanist. The fundraiser is set for November 11 at SoDO Theatre.
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Description
Join us for the next installment of our Young Artist’s Studio, featuring local artist, Gayathri Menokee! Youth participants will create their own zentangle through a guided exercise using pens, paper, and their own imaginations. Each participant will have a zentangle design to bring home. All events in the series are free and open to the public. Arts supplies are provided.

For children ages 5 and up; 7 and under with a caregiver.

The Young Artists Workshop is a series of art workshops sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Public Arts Program designed to offer youth an opportunity to explore the arts!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, October 22, 2018
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Have you ever wanted to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Do you enjoy writing stories? Join us for story-making fun this fall and work towards a personal writing goal!


Monday, October 22: Brainstorm! Bring a notebook and your ideas and we'll help you create a plan for your story.


Mondays, November 5 & 19: Write! Bring your story and join other young authors like yourself for inspiration!

Monday, December 3: Celebrate! Join us to celebrate all of your hard work!


For young people grades 3-8.

For more information, contact Elaine Bearden at ebearden@urbanafree.org or visit https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Location
Second Floor Service Desk
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Celebrate fall with music, movement, and fun for your little one with Ms. Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Join The Urbana Free Library & Urbana Public Arts Program for a closing reception for the Artist of the Corridor exhibition, LOOMED BEADWORK by Judie Spencer. LOOMED BEADWORK is a collection of beadweaving art exploring pattern, landscapes, and design. Local artist Judie Spencer will offer a brief artist’s talk, Q & A, and show and tell for the whole family, followed by a beading activity. Refreshments will be provided.

Artist of the Corridor is a dual-site exhibition series organized through the City of Urbana Public Arts Program and The Urbana Free Library.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 26, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Join us as the Library partners with the Urbana Business Association to celebrate the season with family fun!

Activities include:

1:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Trick-or-treat at Children’s Question desk
1:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Kid’s creepy crafts in the Children’s Area
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.: Creepy story time in Megan’s Reading Room
4:00 p.m.: Costume parade starting in Children’s Area
4:30 p.m.: Costume judging after parade

Sponsored by the Urbana Business Association and
The Urbana Free Library.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
You can visit with Library staff at Read at the Market, a monthly event at Urbana's Market at the Square, located at the corner of Illinois and Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Read at the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Market at the Square.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
The East Central Illinois Section of the American Chemical Society invites you to participate in a National Chemistry Week celebration! These hands-on activities feature space-themed chemical demonstrations led by Dr. Brett A. McGuire.

For grades K-12 (and those young at heart)

For more updates and information about National Chemistry Week in Urbana-Champaign, visit http://eastcentralillinois.sites.acs.org

The event is hosted by the East Central Illinois Section of the American Chemical Society and The Urbana Free Library
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Come to the Library and learn beginner computer programming with SCRATCH, a programming language that is used to create animation, games, etc.

Recommended for elementary school students.

Presented by Busey Bank.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time: chess, Monopoly®, and many more games will be available.

Registration not required.
For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
outreach event at Thomas Paine School
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 03, 2018
Time
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Description
Baby and Toddler Yoga offers a safe environment for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers to bond and exercise together.

For children birth to 4 year-old with caregiver(s).
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 03, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Explore Portuguese culture with us through reading the book Bom dia todas as cores by Ruth Rocha and Madalena Elek. We will have fun with a collage activity featuring the colors of the Portuguese flag.

Co-sponsored by the Portuguese Language Program at the UIUC and the Urbana Free Library.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 03, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time! Chess, Monopoly®, and many more games will be available.

Registration not required.
For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Description
Celebrate Thanksgiving with music, movement, and fun with Ms. Teresa.

For children birth through 5 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, November 05, 2018
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Have you ever wanted to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Do you enjoy writing stories? Join us for story-making fun this fall and work towards a personal writing goal!


Monday, October 22: Brainstorm! Bring a notebook and your ideas and we'll help you create a plan for your story.


Mondays, November 5 & 19: Write! Bring your story and join other young authors like yourself for inspiration!

Monday, December 3: Celebrate! Join us to celebrate all of your hard work!


For young people grades 3-8.

For more information, contact Elaine Bearden at ebearden@urbanafree.org or visit https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Location
Second Floor Service Desk
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, November 09, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
November is the month to be thankful...and around here, we're thankful for COOKIES! Join us as we celebrate everything cookie with stories, songs, and, of course, plenty of cookies!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
In this program for our youngest library fans, you'll find that it's never too early to learn to love songs, books, and rhymes.

For children birth through age 2.

Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the Library's collection of board games for adults and families. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago. Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the Cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends at the Library.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Come with your children to listen to storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft!

Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!

For children of all ages and their families

Para niños de todas las edades y sus familias

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time! Chess, Monopoly®, and many more games will be available.

Registration not required.
For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
You're invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening. (No electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night.) The Fall Book Sale will include a collection of vintage children's books.

Not a member yet? Join online or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any Library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Description
Bring the whole family for stories, songs, and a craft to celebrate family reading!
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

To register, click Sign Me Up above and fill in the required fields.

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Questions? Call Children's Services at 217-367-4069 or stop by the question desk.


Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years. It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success.

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood. The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.



Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library